I like to consider myself a healthy person. I eat well, hydrate, work out, and sleep the recommended amounts. I don’t like taking medicine just because I trust my body to get better on its own, so when I do give in, something is really wrong with me. Headache? Must mean I didn’t have my morning cup of joe or need to drink more water. Tummy ache? Need to pick up a ginger ale pronto and lay down. Hungover? Light Blue Gatorade and Keebler Club Crackers. Guaranteed to make me feel great (which is why I think being sick is mental).
So this morning when I didn’t feel well on the subway (I mean, really didn’t feel well), I panicked. I was feeling a little nauseous on the subway ride so I started debating if something was wrong with my breakfast. I had an egg white omelet with mexican cheese and salsa along with a protein shake. Breakfast was post-run, but my run was only five miles which has never been an issue before.
All of a sudden, one stop away from work, my body shut down. I felt extremely dizzy and everything went fuzzy. I grabbed onto the pole and realized I was sweating profusely. I was two seconds away from telling the lady next to me, “Please catch me when I fall and call a doctor.” Everything felt like it was going slow motion. I heard my stop being announced so I willed myself to move and slowly wobbled off the train, hoping to get a breath of fresh air. I made it outside, unzipped my jacket and just stood there. I felt a little better… but why did I even feel like that in the first place?
At work, I decided to walk down to our on-site physicians. He told me I was totally fine, and that I may have just had a vasovagal attack, which is basically the most common faint spell. He said it could have happened for a number of reasons. Maybe the subway was more stuffy than usual? Maybe my legs were tired and I needed to sit down. Overall, not that helpful. So I’ve been replaying everything again in my head. I had plenty of water yesterday, and I had water this morning so I don’t think I was dehydrated. The 4/5/6 train is ALWAYS crowded during rush hour… Arg, it will remain a mystery.
Have you ever fainted before and what triggered it? Or, have you ever had a random “something isn’t ok with me” feeling and how did you fix it?